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Old 06-04-2011, 01:22 PM   #21
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Mark, she is a great boat.* It looks to be all that you had hoped.* Now, tell us a little bit about you when she arrived and you ran it the first time.* You had to be emotionally charged with adenalin pumping.* Were you trying to be everywhere on the boat at once?* What was going on?
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Old 06-04-2011, 04:28 PM   #22
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The Carquinez Coot was placed in Oakland Estuary waters Sunday, May 29*around 10:00 a.m., haven been off-loaded from the container ship YM Cypress a few minutes earlier.**Jim Dewitt, Bill Kimley, (both former extraordinary*sailboat racers, now artist and boat builder, respectively) and I boarded that Coot from Dick Horn's chase boat.** We quickly disconnected the four crane cables (Yang Ming wanted us to hurry as the crane was costing them $2000-$3000 an hour)*and started our trip to the Richmond Yacht Club's marina for commissioning.* Bill piloted the Coot first.* Shortly after passing under the Bay Bridge, we saw our first waterbird.* It was swimming about 30 feet*distant and was a Coot!* Jim took the wheel next.* He's interested in acquiring a Seahorse Coot.

We made a sidetrip to the Emeryville Marina to purchase fuel (106 gallons for $500),*filling one-third of the tanks' capacity.* Continuing to Richmond, there was a good deal of bow spray heading into near-small-craft-warning headwinds, so the windshield wipers got some practice.* I took the wheel from the Berkeley Pier to the Richmond Yacht Club.

Upon arriving at the RYC marina, we began washing the boat.* There was a lot of diesel soot from being near the stern for 6,000 miles or so.* We also assembled the mast and installed the radar radome.* We raised the mast on Memorial Day.* We first attempted the task manually, but that short mast is more than four people can handle.* We ended up using the small-boat crane to raise it.

Jim DeWitt and his wife Sally*invited us*for Chinese take-out dinner.* The meal was excellent and hospitality was warm.

I piloted the Coot June 1 from the RYC marina to the Vallejo Marina.* For most of the time the autopilot controlled the helm, so had few distractions from*using the binoculars watching out for the buoys and other ship/boat traffic.* We had the sails up for about 30-45 minutes when wind/waves were abeam.* The sails added about 0.6 knots.* Without the sails we were making 8 knots over the bottom at 1600 rpm, but we had a knot-plus of current pushing us along.

I'm having the boat detailed next week, but hope to fit in a short trip before then if the weather cooperates.

It was a bit overwhelming from all the stimuli, but the boat ran/handled well and there were some moments of relaxation for me.* Bill and Jim*seemed to have the time of their lives and even caught*naps on the Vallejo leg.


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Old 06-04-2011, 04:55 PM   #23
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The Coot is a lot easier to board than many other power boats.* No ladders or steps are necessary.* Just place a foot over the gunwale and step off from the dock.* And those handrails are sturdy for balance.

It is much easier from the other (dock) side:

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Old 06-05-2011, 05:17 AM   #24
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The Coot is 35'8" over deck, 13' in beam, and a draft of just under 4'.* It's steel and weighs 14 tons.* Single-engined, with an 80 h.p. John Deere 4045 diesel.

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Since as a new owner you will be making the first graphs for a "How Goes It?"

Please inform us how the simple rulles of thumb we work with , work out for you.

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14 tons should require between 1.3 and 3 hp/per ton* to cruise at most speeds.

With a modern , new engine , not yet broken in 20hp per gal might be high , but its ez to work with.

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So slow cruise (SLx .9) would be 14 times 1.3 divided by 20.

After you work out the various fuel burn and SL ratio, how about posting them?

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It was a bit overwhelming from all the stimuli, .....



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I can only imagine. *Looking at that shot of the beefy hand rails.....man, I dunno, I guess I'd just spend so much time getting to know and sense that boat. *Not being able to raise the mast with 4 people didn't surprise me at all. *Looks like the thing would take down bridges.*
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Old 06-05-2011, 02:03 PM   #26
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Impressive looking boat. On your handrails you have vertical bars not connected to either the handrail or the gunwale. What function do these rails serve?



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Old 06-05-2011, 09:04 PM   #27
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*On your handrails you have vertical bars not connected to either the handrail or the gunwale. What function do these rails serve?


*These are*handrail cleats, very handy for hanging fenders as well as tying on the roller-furler lines and the jib and main sheets.* It is*difficult to have too many cleats.*

*In addition to the handrail cleats,*the boat*comes with*a bollard up forward (with lines passing over chocks or through hawser holes in the gunwale), plus bulwark cleats midship and stern.* I paid extra for an extra cleat on both sides between the other cleats.* Bill the builder thought that was a waste when I asked for them, but*he found use for the extra cleats for spring lines*during the orientation/commissioning.
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Old 06-05-2011, 09:11 PM   #28
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Since as a new owner you will be making the first graphs for a "How Goes It?"

Please inform us how the simple rulles of thumb we work with , work out for you.

*14 tons should require between 1.3 and 3 hp/per ton* to cruise at most speeds.

So slow cruise (SLx .9) would be 14 times 1.3 divided by 20.

After you work out the various fuel burn and SL ratio, how about posting them?
*I have a Flowscan, but need to make adjustment if needed based on actual fuel consumption versus cumulative gauge readings.**That will need to be adjusted, sometime.* The engine*sounds "most happy" between 1600 and 2000 rpm.


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"That will need to be adjusted, sometime."

As you burn fuel you will easily be able yo tune in the Flowscan.

WE have installed a dedicated key switch that Zeros the unit, instead of an unsecured switch.

AS long as you fill the tank to the same level on each fuel fill, and feed any noisemaker , stove or furnace from a different tank , you will be able to get really close in knowing the refuel gallons .

This will give the best operating GPH readings.

Great fun making a graph , that actually shows the cost of speed changes.
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:35 AM   #30
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haven been off-loaded from the container ship YM Cypress a few minutes earlier. Jim Dewitt, Bill Kimley, (both former extraordinary sailboat racers, now artist and boat builder, respectively) and I boarded that Coot from Dick Horn's chase boat. We quickly disconnected the four crane cables (Yang Ming wanted us to hurry as the crane was costing them $2000-$3000 an hour)

The boat was craned off directly from the YM ship into the water using the YM onboard crane or a dock crane?
Did you have to deal with longshoremen?
How did the customs clearance process work out? No customs inspections etc?
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The boat was craned off directly from the YM ship into the water using the YM onboard crane or a dock crane?
Did you have to deal with longshoremen?
How did the customs clearance process work out? No customs inspections etc?
The dock*crane lifted the Coot onto the dock.* We had time to see if the engine started, put out fenders, and load lunch and tools onboard.* The boat was left attached to the crane lines while we drove a mile or so to*Jack London Square to board the chase boat.* When the chase boat arrived back at the ship, they lifted the Coot from the dock to place it in the water where we detached the crane lines.*

The wharf/crane crew were waiting for U.S. Inspections when we left for the chase boat.* Presumably, Customs arrived and cleared the boat between the time we left and later returned with the chase boat.* The Coot*remained*connected to the crane for nearly an hour.

The local Yang Ming (shipping line) representative was ever-present.* He had given advance notice to port security personnel.* We met him at the dock's security gate, we signed in, and then he drove us to the ship and escorted us onto the YM Cypress where we waited 2+ hours in the officers' lounge awaiting unloading.* He drove us back to the security gate, we signed out, and then drove in our car to the chase boat.

The shipping line dealt with the longshoremen.* We had no direct involvement.* All contact with security and shipping-line personnel/crew/officers was courteous.

I had a local customs broker handle the paperwork end, and he filed all the required forms.**His fee was modest, but the bonding fee*and customs charge were significant.


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I*probably mentioned it before, but the four lifting rings on the Coot were surely convenient.* We didn't have to deal with special under-the-hull straps but instead*were attached directly with the crane lines via shackles.* That's another advantage of a steel boat.**This photo,*taken while the Coot was loaded onto a small ship to move the boat from the boat builder's location*to where it would later be loaded on the contrainer ship,*demonstrates it:



When I first asked Yang Ming's Oakland representative about the disposal of the boat cradle, he indicated there could be a charge for its disposal.* Subsequently, however, it was presumably found to have value to someone, and I left the cradle at the Oakland dock without being charged a fee.


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I left the cradle at the Oakland dock without being charged a fee.


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If you had a place*to store*it.**It looks like a great tool for when you need to do some bottom work.

The cradle that is.

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That cradle looks fantastic. When you're at the pier and you've already got enough to think about and as you said, so much stimuli, it's hard to account for every other thing that comes up. There's handling, storage, transport, and who knows what cooperation to be sought for the simplest variable. Then, is there's a place to keep it!? Looks like one of those handling cables in the photo is going through the bow-thruster tube.
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*There's handling, storage, transport, and who knows what cooperation to be sought for the simplest variable. Then, is there's a place to keep it!? Looks like one of those handling cables in the photo is going through the bow-thruster tube.
*To get the cradle on a truck, one would probably*need to cut it with a torch.* Then arrange transport, and then to store it, and then to weld it back together.* Toooo much!* Then what would I use the cradle for?* Boats here can stay in the water all year.
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So, how much did it all cost?

$199,000 basic boat (now the price is $250,000)

$24,255 for optional, extra-cost items

$26,750 shipping

$559.81 transit insurance

$4096.74 duty charges

$920 customs bond

$268 customs broker fee and charges

If anything, I wanted to exchange deflating dollars for something tangible.* Did I make a 25% ($51,000) profit?
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If anything, I wanted to exchange deflating dollars for something tangible.* Did I make a 25% ($51,000) profit?
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It seems so, Mark. *It's hard to compare the Coot with what else I have priced for build, but considering the new prices of even the years-old stock units that are anywhere near the "type" (that's not to say "class") of boat the Coot is, I'd be delighted to have made the same investment. *
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Did I make a 25% ($51,000) profit?


Only if you count in US dollars.

Use the price of gold or silver at contract and today , for a different view.
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Did I make a 25% ($51,000) profit?


Only if you count in US dollars.

Use the price of gold or silver at contract and today , for a different view.
*It seems that US $ is all that counts here in the US.* Yesterday at the local supermarket I tried to check out with a small bag of gold dust but they seemed perplexed. So I had to use US$.* Is it different in FL?
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*Put it on the market and you will know.
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